rabejens rabejens - 15 days ago 5
Git Question

Wrong(?) branch prefixes migrating SVN to Git

I basically followed this howto to migrate an old, very big SVN repository to git. This does not work as expected. Here is an example excerpt from my checkout living in

(done with
git svn
but without

remotes/origin/branchY # and many more

Next step is step 4, which seemed to work flawlessly. I pushed to the bare repository (note I used
instead of

git init --bare ~/git/new-bare.git
cd ~/git/new-bare.git
git symbolic-ref HEAD refs/heads/trunk
cd ~/git/old_svn_repo
git remote add bare ~/git/new-bare.git
git config remote.bare.push 'refs/remotes/*:refs/heads/*'
git push bare

This got me a lot of output like

* [new branch] origin/trunk -> origin/trunk
* [new branch] origin/foo-> origin/foo
* [new branch] origin/bar-> origin/bar

Next is step 5 where you are supposed to rename

cd ~/git/new-bare.git
git branch -m trunk master

Here the problem starts:

I enter:

git branch -m trunk master

I get:

error: refname refs/heads/trunk not found
fatal: Branch rename failed

git branch -a
reveals that all branches are prefixed with

What did I do incorrectly here and how do I get that right?


After digging through SO some more, I found this question, and the answer by Pieter Breed. So I tried it, from the directory I cloned the SVN repository into:

cd ~/git/old_svn_repo
git remote add new_gitlab_server ssh://git@mygitlab.example.com/foo/bar.git
git push new_gitlab-server +refs/remotes/origin/*:refs/heads/*

and poof, everything appeared on my Gitlab as expected without the intermediate step creating a local bare repo.

Now, "master" is still called "trunk" which is OK, but leads to warning: remote HEAD refers to nonexistent ref, unable to checkout. on the first clone, so I did the following:

git clone ssh://git@mygitlab.example.com/foo/bar.git
cd bar
git checkout trunk
git checkout -b master
git push -u origin master

It seems the tags were converted to branches, but we can live with that.